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7/18 Where are they now?

Last year, the Cubs front office was busy dealing at the Trade Deadline. They made three moves on July 31, 2012. Where are those players now? Here’s an update:

* The Cubs traded RHP Ryan Dempster to the Rangers for RHP Kyle Hendricks and 3B Christian Villanueva. Dempster went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA for the Rangers, then signed a two-year, $26.5 million deal with the Red Sox. He’s 5-8 with a 4.24 ERA in 19 starts for Boston. Hendricks is 9-3 with a 2.03 ERA in 18 starts at Double-A Tennessee and was the starting pitcher in the Double-A All-Star game for the North team. He also was the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the month in May. Villanueva was in the Cubs’ Major League spring camp, and batted .167, hitting three home runs. In 89 games with Tennessee, he’s batting .257 with 12 home runs, 23 doubles, two triples, and 47 RBIs.

* The Cubs traded LHP Paul Maholm and OF Reed Johnson to the Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino and RHP Jaye Chapman. Maholm went 4-5 with 3.54 ERA in 11 starts for the Braves last season, and this year, he’s 9-8 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 starts with Atlanta. Johnson hit .270 in 43 games with the Braves last season, and this year, he’s batting 258 in 58 games with Atlanta. Vizcaino was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and the Cubs thought he might be able to pitch this season but he needed a debridement procedure on his right elbow in late May. He’s still rehabbing. Chapman appeared in 14 games for the Cubs last season, and opened this year at Triple-A Iowa but was shut down after four games and giving up 12 runs over 6 1/3 innings because of a left hip injury.

* The Cubs traded C Geovany Soto to the Rangers for RHP Jacob Brigham. Soto batted .196 in 47 games with the Rangers last year. This year, he’s batting .185 in 30 games with four home runs and nine RBI, and has taken a back seat to A.J. Pierzynski on the Rangers. Brigham was traded back to the Rangers on Nov. 20, 2012, for RHP Barret Loux, who is 4-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 16 games (13 starts) at Triple-A Iowa. He has 65 strikeouts over 63 2/3 innings. Brigham, by the way, pitched in seven games at Double-A Frisco this year and did not give up a run, and was 3-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 17 games with Triple-A Round Rock.

– Carrie Muskat

7/18 Minor matters

Triple-A Iowa returns to action Thursday at Round Rock. Guillermo Moscoso is scheduled to start.

Eleven pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the South beat the North, 6-0, in the Double-A All-Star game. Tennessee’s Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara, Christian Villanueva and Rafael Lopez were all hitless in the game. Kyle Hendricks took the loss, giving up two first inning runs on three hits.

On Thursday, Tennessee faces Jacksonville, with lefty Eric Jokisch taking the mound.

Daytona lost, 4-3, in 11 innings to Charlotte. Yao-Lin Wang gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings in the start. Chad Kris had two hits and Dustin Geiger had three hits, including a double.

Juan Paniagua gave up two earned runs over 2 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 8-2 loss to Great Lakes. Wilson Contreras and Kevin Encarnacion each homered.

Tyler Skulina gave up one hit over two innings in Boise’s 5-1 win over Hillsboro. Shawon Dunston had a hit and one RBI.

Starling Peralta gave up two hits over three innings in Mesa’s 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. Jeffery Baez hit a rBI double and Garrett Schlecht had two hits, including a triple.


* RHP Dae-Eun Rhee has been activated from the disabled list and placed on Tennessee’s active roster. In a corresponding move, RHP Alberto Cabrera has been promoted to Iowa. Rhee was available for Thursday’s series opener against Jacksonville. Rhee, 24, was 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in two starts for the Smokies before being placed on the DL on April 16. The right-handed starter has made four rehab starts between Mesa and Boise, where he went a combined 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA.

* Kane County announced pitcher Matt Iannazzo has re-joined the Cougars from Boise, while pitcher Brian Smith has been placed on the 7-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday. Iannazzo originally came to the Cougars from the Cubs’ Spring Training complex in Arizona on April 20 and pitched in four games with Kane County, going 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in relief. Iannazzo was part of Boise’s Opening Day roster last month and with the Hawks, had gone 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA and four saves.

7/3 Minor matters

Tuesday’s games

Donnie Murphy and Brad Nelson each homered to help Iowa beat Memphis, 6-2. Guillermo Moscoso gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings for the win. Nelson’s homer was his 14th. Junior Lake chipped in with three hits, including a double and two triples, and also scored three runs. Ty Wright had two hits and two RBIs.

Christian Villanueva and Rafael Lopez each homered in Tennessee’s 4-3, 13-inning win over Montgomery. Yeiper Castillo picked up the win in relief.

Daytona had the day off, and returns to action Wednesday against Brevard County.

Tayler Scott gave up five runs over 6 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 5-3 loss to Wisconsin. Jeimer Candelario had one of the team’s five hits, a home run.

David Bote and Jacob Rogers each homered in Boise’s 10-5 win over Salem-Keizer.

Mesa won its fourth straight, beating the Brewers, 6-4. Kevin Brown had two hits and one RBIs.

4/18 Minor matters

Javier Baez went 3-for-6, hitting his third home run, and drove in two runs and Dustin Geiger was 3-for-5 with four RBIs, including three on his second homer of the season, in Daytona’s 13-2 win over Clearwater on Wednesday. Baez and Geiger both homered in a six-run eighth inning. Austin Kirk picked up the win in relief, giving up one run on three hits over five innings. Jorge Soler was expected back in Daytona’s lineup Thursday.

Christian Villanueva hit a three-run home run to help Tennessee beat Huntsville, 4-1, on Wednesday. Eric Jokisch picked up the win, giving up three hits over six shutout innings. He struck out seven.

Rain postponed both Iowa’s and Kane County’s games on Wednesday. Iowa is scheduled to play Nashville Thursday, weather permitting. Kane County is slated to play Quad Cities if the rain stops.

– Carrie Muskat

4/6 Minor matters

Brad Nelson hit two home runs but it wasn’t enough as Albuquerque beat Iowa, 10-6, on Friday. Drew Carpenter started and took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits over four innings. Nelson, who is playing third base, went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Logan Watkins reached base five times, and was 3-for-3, scoring two runs.

Christian Villanueva was 3-for-5 with four RBIs in Tennessee’s 8-2 win over Pensacola. Alberto Cabrera struck out nine over six innings for the win. Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits.

Zeke DeVoss had three hits to power a 15-hit attack and lead Daytona to a 8-0 win over Brevard County. Javier Baez had two hits and two RBIs. Ryan Searle picked up the win in relief.

Tayler Scott gave up one unearned run over six innings and struck out six but did not get a decision as Kane County lost, 4-1, to Quad Cities. Wes Darvill had three hits.

– Carrie Muskat

3/17 Roster moves to come Monday

Javier Baez, who hit four home runs in back to back games, will officially be assigned to the Cubs’ Minor League camp on Monday. The shortstop has definitely made an impression in his first big league spring camp but still has some things to learn.

“He’s still got to face a lot of right-handed pitching,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday of Baez, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2011 who was batting .324 this spring. “There’s a lot to be learned and a lot to be learned at the plate when you’re going to face right-handed pitching constantly — sliders, and all that stuff — and know you’ll get quite a few of them and how you’re going to react.”

Baez, 20, isn’t the only one being sent down Monday. Jorge Soler, Christian Villanueva, Rafael Lopez and Josh Vitters will all be moving to Fitch Park. Soler, 21, will be assigned to the Cubs’ Class A Daytona team. Despite the moves, both Baez and Soler were expected to start Monday for the Cubs when they travel to Peoria to face the Padres.

The good news for the Cubs is there’s depth in the system.

“There’s a trail of guys getting ready to be a phone call away, there’s no doubt about that,” Sveum said.

– Carrie Muskat

2/26 Cubs 4, Rockies 2

Dave Sappelt and Christian Villanueva each hit solo home runs to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory Tuesday over the Rockies. Edwin Jackson, making his Cubs’ Cactus League debut, gave up two hits over two scoreless innings.

“Today was pretty much evaluation, and see where I am,” Jackson said. “It’s all mental. You keep the ball down and you execute pitches and everything is pretty much good and you can have a lot of success with the ball down in the zone.”

Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin faced the minimum over two innings in his first Cactus League start. The Rockies athletic trainer had to check on the right-hander after he got Alfonso Soriano to line out for the first out in the second but Chacin stayed in the game. Apparently, he’s been bothered by a sore toe on his left foot, injured in pitcher’s fielding practice.

Villanueva hit a solo home run with one out in the Cubs third but the Rockies tied the game in the fourth as Carlos Gonzalez walked, stole second, moved up on a ground out and scored on Ben Paulsen’s single.

Starlin Castro doubled to lead off the Chicago fourth and scored two batters later on Brett Jackson’s sacrifice fly. Sappelt led off the sixth with his home run. DJ LeMahieu tripled to lead off the Rockies eighth and scored on Tim Wheeler’s sacrifice fly.

* On Wednesday, left-hander Brooks Raley will start when the Cubs play host to the Dodgers at HoHoKam Stadium. Raley was 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA in five starts with the Cubs last season, and 4-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Iowa. This will be his first Cactus League start. The game will be broadcast on

– Carrie Muskat

11/24 Winter ball update

Tony Campana went 1-for-3 on Friday for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela Winter League play. Campana is 2-for-15 (.133) in four games so far. Luis Valbuena went 3-for-3 on Thursday, hitting two home runs and driving in five runs, and was 1-for-4 on Friday for Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela. He’s batting .337 in 26 games, and playing primarily second base.

Christian Villanueva, recently added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster, was batting .195 (8-for-41) in 18 games with Yaquis de Obregon in Mexico. he has two home runs, two doubles and six RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

11/20 Cubs add 4; LaHair DFA

The Cubs selected the contracts of four players, including Logan Watkins, the Minor League Player of the Year, and added them to the 40-man roster but also designated All-Star Bryan LaHair for assignment. Besides Watkins, right-handed pitcher Trey McNutt, infielder Christian Villanueva and right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack were added to the Cubs’ roster, which is now at 40.

Tuesday was the deadline for Major League teams to protect eligible prospects from next month’s Rule 5 Draft. Among the players left unprotected were right-hander Nick Struck, who was the organization’s 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

The Cubs are pursuing an opportunity for LaHair, 30, with a Japanese team. He batted .259 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 130 games but lost the first base job to rookie Anthony Rizzo. LaHair batted .390 in April with five home runs and 14 RBIs, but then struggled. Rizzo was promoted from Triple-A Iowa on June 26, and won National League Rookie of the Month honors in July by batting .330 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. LaHair did consider playing in Japan after the 2011 season if he couldn’t get regular at-bats.

The Cubs also announced right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez, 26, who was claimed off waivers from the Twins Oct. 24, has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.

– Carrie Muskat

11/16 Winter League update

Junior Lake went 2-for-5 on Wednesday, and was batting .361 for Estrellas de Oriente, leading the Dominican winter league in batting average. Lake has two home runs, six doubles and 10 RBIs. Christian Villanueva, whom the Cubs got from the Rangers in the Ryan Dempster deal, was batting .206 for Yaquis de Obregon in Mexican league action. He was 2-for-3 on Tuesday, hitting his second home run.

Josh Vitters was listed on the roster for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela, but has yet to play. Tony Campana also has joined Leones. In Venezuela, Luis Valbuena was hitting .318 with one home run and seven doubles in 19 games with Cardenales de Lara while Ty Wright was batting .247 with three doubles, two triples and one home run in 20 games for Tigres de Aragua.

– Carrie Muskat



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